Oldman's Brave New World of Wine

Pleasure, Value, and Adventure Beyond Wine's Usual Suspects

Mark Oldman (Author)


PBS wine guru Mark Oldman quenches the universal thirst for the affordable gems coveted by insiders.

Weary of buying the same old wines again and again? Wine personality Mark Oldman—known to millions of PBS viewers as a main judge on The Winemakers and winner of the Georges Duboeuf Wine Book of the Year Award—is here to rescue your taste buds with a groundbreaking guide to irresistible wines of moderate cost and maximum appeal. In his signature style that Bon Appétit calls "wine speak without the geek," Oldman uses insightful prose, hilarious anecdotes, and ingenious graphics to reveal the secret wines that everyone wishes they were drinking. Not only does he provide the inside scoop on each wine type's taste, cost, pronunciation, and food affinities, but he details the exclusive picks of more than 130 wine-passionate "Bravehearts," including Tom Colicchio, Guy Fieri, and Jodie Foster. Entertaining like no other, this is a guide for everyone who wants to drink like an insider without breaking the bank.

Book Details

  • Paperback
  • September 2010
  • ISBN 978-0-393-33484-5
  • 7.1 × 9.3 in / 333 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide including Canada, but excluding the British Commonwealth.


Endorsements & Reviews

“A welcome discussion of many little-known wines that have a great deal of pleasure to offer.” — The New York Times

“The perfect book for someone who’s just caught the bug, or would like to...breezy, literate prose...Oldman knows his stuff.” — Jay McInerney, The Wall Street Journal

“For those looking to expand their vinous palates, Mark leads the way.” — Publishers Weekly

“Charismatic and cool…full of snappy insights.” — Library Journal

“Carefully curated…witty and accessible, for enthusiasts of all levels.” — Fine Cooking

“Amazing, hilarious, fascinating…a must for anyone who likes wine.” — Marie Clare

“He’s so vine…an oenophile wizard…whose book is lively and non-snobby.” — Washington Post

“A great gift for beginners and especially for anyone in a malbec or chardonnay rut, thanks to Oldman's clear writing, understanding of context, and great palate.” — Minneapolis Star-Tribune

“Already my dog-eared restaurant companion, this book [is changing my view of wine] the way the Great Beer Guide changed my appreciation of the noble grain.” — Austin American-Statesman

“If you are stuck in a wine rut, reach for this—it's just plain fun.  Packed with suggestions ...easy to explore...unpretentious and informative...a great gift.” — Charlotte Observer

“A must-peruse for wine lovers of any level…entertaining enough to easily qualify as bedtime reading material.” — Palm Beach Post

“Engaging, humorous…readers will enjoy discovering new wine options.” — Sommelier Journal

“I want to highly recommend [the book]...Oldman is one hell of a good writer.” — Steve Heimoff, author of New Classic Winemakers of California

“The book will vastly increase your hedonistic happiness...Mark should be your best friend in wine.” — Natalie MacLean, author of Red, White, and Drunk All Over

“You will cherish this book...Mark has a clear head, cool eye, and experienced palate.” — Huffington Post

“Any level of wine drinker will come away with useful new information.” — TastingTable.com

“Oldman nails it again…unique and valuable...warm, down-to-earth and accessible…it lives up to its promise.” — Good Grape: A Wine Blog Manifesto

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